This Crockpot Beef Barbacoa recipe is easy and delicious! Blend up a quick flavorful sauce, dump it with the beef in the slow cooker, and you have a wonderful meal waiting for you at the end of the day! This easy slow cooker barbacoa is perfect in tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and so much more!
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Easy Barbacoa Recipe
This is one of those super classic crockpot meals. It is easy to throw together in the morning, it cooks all day, and you have a super delicious meal ready for you at the end of the day.
Barbacoa is the perfect contender for a slow cooker meal because the origins of this Mexican dish is cooking the meat all day long in an underground pit! And as much as we all wish we could have that version for a weeknight meal we have to adapt that to our modern lifestyle, that is where the slow cooker comes in!
By doing the barbacoa in the slow cooker it gives it a chance to cook slowly and become super tender while soaking in all the flavor from the delicious sauce.
This recipe is developed to make it easy as possible by blending up all the sauce ingredients quickly. The list may look long at first but at closer look you will see that it is a lot of spices, easy pantry items, and just a few fresh items.
- Beef Chuck Roast
- Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
- Garlic Cloves
- Kosher Salt
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Ground Cloves
For a complete detailed list of the ingredients continue towards the bottom of the page.
How to Make Barbacoa in the Slow Cooker
Start by making the sauce, this can be done in a food processor or blender. Peel the garlic cloves and the onion. Then cut the onion into large chunks to make it easier to blend. Add the garlic and onion to the food processor or blender.
Next juice the lime and orange into the food processor. Now add in the remaining sauce ingredients into the food processor the chipotle peppers, cumin, oregano, salt, apple cider vinegar, and cloves. Blend smooth about 30 seconds until no chunks remain and a sauce has formed.
Prepare the beef for the slow cooker by carefully cutting into 4 large even sized chunks by doing this it gives the beef more surface volume to soak in the flavors of the sauce. Now add the beef to the slow cooker and pour all the sauce overtop. Cover and cook on LOW 6-7 hours.
Once beef barbacoa is done cooking it should be ready to be gently pulled apart with forks before serving!
How to Serve Barbacoa
Barbacoa is traditionally served with onions, cilantro, and tortillas. But honestly you can make so many meals with it! Especially because this is a larger recipe you likely can make multiple meals!
- Burrito Bowls
Often times will will have tacos with barbacoa beef for dinner and then next day we will have quesadillas or nachos with the leftover barbacoa!
Tips, Tricks, and Questions
- Freeze the leftover chipotle peppers from the can with the sauce for future use, you can do this in a small bag or in ice cube trays!
- This can be cooked on high for 3-4 hours but I am think it does do better on low.
- Even with the addition of the chipotle peppers I do NOT find this to be a spicy dish, my 3 & 5 year old will eat it no problem and my oldest does not care for spicy things.
If you like Slow Cooker Barbacoa you might also like:
- Mexican Rice
- Crockpot Carnitas
- Easy Chicken Tacos
- Carnitas Quesadilla
- Carnitas Bowl
- Carnitas Nachos
- Pressure Cooker Refried Beans
- 3 pounds beef chuck roast
- 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 6 garlic cloves
- 1 small onion
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 lime
- 1 orange
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- Peel garlic and onion, cut onion into large chunks. Add to a food processor or blender. Juice the lime and orange into the food processor. Add the remaining sauce ingredients into the food processor the chipotle peppers, cumin, oregano, salt, vinegar, and cloves. Blend smooth about 30 seconds until no chunks remain and a sauce has formed.
- Prepare the beef for the slow cooker by carefully cutting into 4 large even sized chunks. Add the beef to the slow cooker. Pour all the sauce overtop all the beef. Cover and cook on LOW 6-7 hours.
- Once beef barbacoa is done cooking it should be ready to be gently pulled apart with forks before serving.
You can also cook on high 3-4 hours but I found that this recipe does a lot better low and slow.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 8 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 569Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 188mgSodium: 891mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 57g
Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.
Peace & Love
Lauren, The Schmidty Wife